Pieces of a Woman

Director: Kornél Mundruczó
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 1.0

Super excited parents-to-be Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) are planning on having a homebirth with midwife Eva (Molly Parker), but the baby turns blue and they don't get her to the hospital in time to save her - afterwards, Martha's family sues Eva and Martha and Sean's relationship deteriorates.  The first section of the movie - before the title card at the half-hour mark - is an actorly exercise in having what might be the most dramatic childbirth of all time (it's even set to Sigur Rós!) ... and then after that it becomes a self-pitying slog, taking a long time for either of the parents to release that the midwife is not culpable and that nature can be unspeakably cruel.  It's also suspect that it takes the majority of its running time to even begin to ask why these two individuals in the 21st century - with all of our advances in medical technology - didn't go with medical professionals in the first place: this ain't the 1920's.